Angels in America BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • DEADLINE

  • VARIETY

  • EW

Opening Night:
March 25, 2018
Closing:
July 1, 2018

Theater: Neil Simon Theatre / 250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

A quarter-century after stunning the theatre world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in a production from London’s National Theatre, starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield. Angels in America's two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, will run in repertory during a limited engagement.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Review: An ‘Angels in America’ That Soars on the Breath of Life

    Ben Brantley

    Sometimes, just when you need it most, a play courses into your system like a transfusion of new blood. You feel freshly awakened to the infinite possibilities not only of theater but also of the teeming world beyond. And when you hit the streets afterward, every one of your senses is singing.

    Such is the effect of seeing the flat-out fabulous revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which opened on Sunday night at the Neil Simon Theater, with a top-flight cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in career-high performances. This is the 25th anniversary production of Mr. Kushner’s two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour multi-award-winning masterwork about death and destruction in Ronald Reagan’s America.

    Does that last sentence make your eyes glaze with the weighty worthiness of it all? Since it was first staged on Broadway in 1993, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” (to use its full, colon-toting title) has acquired the marbleized patina of something stately and grand, a work to be approached with reverence and a dictionary.

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  • DEADLINE REVIEW OF Angels in America

    ‘Angels In America’ Review: The Great Work Returns To Broadway With Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane & Lee Pace

    Greg Evans

    Angels in America, that winged masterwork of Tony Kushner and the 20th Century, is back on Broadway in a revival weighed with expectations as heavy as the angel Bethesda in Central Park. With marquee-name stars – Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Lee Pace – and the halo of approval from London audiences, the two-part, 7-hour-plus, gloriously subtitled “Gay Fantasia On National Themes” remains as rich a theatrical experience as when Kushner won the Pulitzer back in ’93 and his eccentric, visionary fever dream first blessed the stage (and too many dying men to count) with “more life.” It wasn’t a given, you know, this return that’s triumphant if not perfect. As we’re told by the play’s heroic, AIDS-stricken Pryor Walter (Garfield), the world only spins forward, and, man, has it done some spinning these last 25 years. AIDS is no longer a death sentence – though how anyone could thing that might lessen the play’s impact is dumbfounding – and the up-is-down mendacity of Roy Cohn’s right-wing school of power-broking literally eulogized in Angels has proven more tenacious than even Kushner’s all-seeing seraphim might have imagined.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Broadway Review: ‘Angels in America’ With Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane

    Marilyn Stasio

    The National Theater production of Tony Kushner’s phenomenal 1993 epic work doesn’t feel like a historical artifact that won the Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy, and the National Medal of Arts for its author. In fact, experiencing this revival of the 25-year-old play feels more like picking up a scorching hot ember from a fire that won’t burn out. The scribe’s thoughts about religion, politics, sex, morality, mortality, civic corruption and environmental calamity – as viewed through the prism of the 1980s AIDS crisis – seem every bit as prescient as they did when all our friends were dying. Helmer Marianne Elliott’s production for the National approaches Kushner’s overflowing dramatic riches by balancing the realistic style of the early domestic scenes with the fantastic surrealism of the later dream sequences. Ian MacNeil’s turntable set of little boxes outline in neon (Paule Constable did the lighting) seems too confining for such a sweeping and timeless work – and what on earth is that metallic spaceship-thingy hovering over everyone’s heads?

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Angels in America returns to Broadway, timely and triumphant: EW review

    Allison Adato

    It is customary for audiences to applaud a beloved star’s first appearance in a show, and the crowd at a recent preview of the revival of Angels in America did when Nathan Lane entered squawking as nefarious lawyer Roy Cohn. But it is rare to hear theater-goers whoop for the entrance of a character, as happened when Belize, the ex-drag-queen night nurse first sauntered into scene 5 of Part One, Millennium Approaches. (The British actor stylishly portraying Belize, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, thus far little-known in this country, had been on stage earlier as the hallucinatory Mr. Lies.) A quarter-century after Angels’ Broadway debut, the New York homecoming of Tony Kushner’s eight indelible characters feels like a class reunion, or something akin to a comet’s return — but decidedly more fabulous.
    Has it really been 25 years since Tony Kushner’s great opus was last on Broadway? It has. Then a seven-plus-hour, double-Tony-winning hot ticket, Angels is today in the canon.  There are Spark Notes for it. One such study guide, anticipating its young readership, begins by explaining what AIDS is — or was: “Scientists discovered in 1984 that heterosexual sex could also transmit HIV,” it reads, “but AIDS remained a ‘gay plague’ in the popular imagination.”

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